NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!
Let’s get started! Maybe.
Once considered a ridiculous proposition, a Mike Tyson-Jake Paul fight can actually take place.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE AT FOXNEWS.COM
What is it that could entice 55-year-old Iron Mike to finally step into the ring with YouTube superstar Paul? Record number of viewers. As it stands at the moment, the Floyd Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao match in 2015 holds the record for pay-per-view purchases with 4.6 million. It’s a number Iron Mike feels can be surpassed if he and Paul tie them together.
When podcast host and martial arts fanatic Joe Rogan was asked if he would be willing to challenge the PPV record with Paul, Tyson replied, “Hell, just to beat the record.”
“Let’s do it Jakey, God, would not it be cool ?,” Tyson asked rhetorically via his podcast – Hotboxin ‘with Mike Tyson.
Tyson fought in late November 2020 during a showdown with Roy Jones Jr. Despite a long absence from the ring, Tyson showed his brand speed and power and maintained his status as one of the sport’s most popular athletes of all time. The exhibition campaign amounted to more than 1.5 million pay-per-view purchases.
Going toe-to-toe with Paul would certainly surpass that number, and it is fair to suggest that a Tyson-Paul match would actually be the best of all Mayweather – Pacquiao. Not only is Tyson a huge draw, but Paul brings lots of eyes to everything he does.
The 25-year-old Paul is 5-0 with four knockouts throughout his professional boxing career and has more than 45 million total followers across Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Rarely does his comments go unnoticed, including Monday’s tweet praising Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase, which has achieved more than 40,000 interactions in less than 24 hours.
Tyson seems to be aware that the amount of attention Paul gets is significant enough to have a big impact on any potential fight. “Jake Paul thinks it’s no more profitable than the champions, this guy is probably bringing about 80 million people to the table,” Tyson said via Hotboxin ‘with Mike Tyson.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
If Tyson and Paul ever step between the ropes, it would not be their first interaction. Iron Mike and Paul have spent time together in the past, and these hangouts have made Tyson feel skeptical about the likelihood of a future fight.
“I’m worried he’s getting in trouble before the fight took place,” Tyson added. “I would say to him, ‘Hey man, you’re going to jail for real, relax. This guy is crazy, he would throw things at people, bottles and stuff. “
Should a Tyson and Paul fight come true, Paul (and Tyson) stand to crack more than just bottles.